Reconstructing The Shot

Oakland County MI Portfolio Photographers Mary DuPrie

I always tell myself to take behind the scenes pics, but unfortunately, the shoots been long over.  Even if just for myself.  Sometimes I look back at some of my images… hummm, I wonder how I shot that.  It’s just not in my work flow.

I tend to get into repetitive testing.  I’ll shoot a lot of flair, bare bulb, large softboxes.  I figure if I keep doing it i’ll remember better at a later date.  Problem is I often don’t remember.

I try and re-engineer my own images but I’m not always sure.  This image was a phase I was going through last year.  I was even doing quite a bit of Photoshop actions on the images.   Lots of back flair, and bare bulb, (or maybe a 7”pan reflector)?  The transparency of the nose shadow makes me guess “bare bulb”.

I change my set ups a lot during a shoot as I’m sure you do.  We are all struggling to learn and thus keep tweaking.  I don’t really have many “I do it this way” type set ups.  Almost every shoot is “I wonder what would happen if I did it this way”.  As model photographers we get to do that.  As portrait photographers you need to have your formulas down a bit more.

Clients don’t seem to mind, I just say, “Everything I do is custom, so let’s see what will happen if I do this.”  I figure I can test on their dime for a wee bit.  If it doesn’t work out I’ll fall back on to something that I know works.

It is nice to nail it on the first image, it’s rare, but it “can” happen.

4 comments category: Lighting,Photographing models

1 Paris Carter September 14, 2010 at 5:52 am

I love your lighting-it’s encouraging to know you play around with it so much.


2 Mary DuPrie September 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

i pretend it’s play, but i’m really sweating my ass off… wondering when i will get busted for this stuff!


3 Stephanie September 14, 2010 at 5:26 am

Hi Mary,
Sweet image! Nice to know that you don’t always nail it on the first shot 🙂


4 Mary DuPrie September 15, 2010 at 12:09 am

far from it… sometimes it sheer agony to watch me struggle


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